University of Calif - Davis

UC Davis Athletics
Hickey Gym 264 - One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616
Division 1 California Southwest
Public Large National competitor

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Suzanne Isidor

Suzanne Isidor, a former letterwinner and head coach at Penn State University, became the fifth UC Davis head women's lacrosse coach in the program's varsity era on August 24, 2017.


Isidor directed the Davis Lacrosse Association from 2012 to 2017 and served as a consultant for Tenacity Lacrosse Club for the two seasons prior to her arrival at UC Davis. However, she is best known in the collegiate circles for her tenures at Drew University (1996-2000) and Penn State (2000-2010), where she combined for a 140-101 NCAA coaching record.


Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Isidor (formerly Suzanne Weinberg) played four years for the Nittany Lions from 1992-95, helping her team to three NCAA postseason appearances including a semifinal finish as a senior co-captain. She garnered IWLCA Regional All-America (now known as IWLCA All-Region) distinction in that final season, then began her coaching career a year later as an assistant at her alma mater. One year later, Isidor received the opportunity to take over as head coach at Drew.


In four seasons in the Garden State, Isidor guided the Rangers to a combined 56-15 record, four straight Middle Atlantic Conference championships plus an NCAA Division III tournament berth in 2000. She won a pair of MAC Coach of the Year awards, plus a South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year nod in 1997. Isidor mentored six All-Americans during her stint at Drew, including three-time honoree Karen Townsend.


Then in 2001, she made her return to Happy Valley, this time as the head coach. Isidor served 10 seasons at the Penn State helm, compiling an 84-86 record and leading the program to NCAA tournament appearances in 2001 and 2005. Isidor also chaired the Tewaaraton Award and IWLCA All-Region selection committees, served on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee, and chaired Penn State's Athletic Council for Diversity and Inclusion.


Although her official affiliation with UC Davis began in the fall of 2017, Isidor was no stranger to the university. Her husband, Dan, joined the UC Davis staff in 2012 as an assistant dean with the College of Biological Sciences, and more recently assumed the post of executive director of principal gifts for the Development & Alumni Relations office. Suzanne continued to coach upon her arrival in Davis, first with the DLA then with Tenacity Lacrosse Club.


Isidor's efforts with the DLA also forged a strong connection with Aggie women's lacrosse. Her youth teams have frequented UC Davis home games during the past few years, while Ladouceur and her players often volunteered at DLA practices for the U8 through U14 teams. Suzanne and Dan Isidor reside in Davis with their three sons: Jackson, and twins Evan and Luke.

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Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson, formerly an assistant at Marist College and Wagner College, brought her expertise to UC Davis women's lacrosse in the fall of 2015. She works with all parts of the field: offense, defense, draw teams and goalkeepers.


The Arvada, Colorado native starred at Mount Saint Mary's College, from which she graduated in 2010. Johnson served three seasons at another Northeast Conference program, Wagner, where she added an MBA degree. Most recently, she was an assistant coach at Marist College, member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.


Johnson assisted Marist head coach Jessica O'Brien during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In 2014, the Red Foxes post program superlatives for most wins (14) and consecutive wins (10), while capturing their first-ever MAAC regular-season championship. A year later, Johnson guided a Marist offense that ranked first in assists (5.00), second in points (15.12) and third in goals (10.12) in the league. A total of 11 of her players made the All-MAAC teams, including one that garnered conference Rookie of the Year acclaim.


In her previous three-year stint at Wagner, Johnson recruited and/or coached seven players who rank among the school's all-time statistical categories, with three student-athletes who garnered All-NEC accolades. Additionally, 12 of her players made the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll (3.5-plus GPA) and 27 earned NEC All-Academic (3.2 or higher). Johnson's 2012 recruiting class of 12 was the largest in Wagner's history.


As a collegian, Johnson earned first-team All-NEC honors in 2008 and 2010 at midfielder and attacker, respectively. She also twice claimed NEC Player of the Week nods, and was selected as team captain as a senior. In her final year at MSM, she was selected as one of four recipients of the John M. Kolon Award as an "outstanding and dedicated athlete."

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Emi Smith

Emi Smith, an All-American goalie at Penn State, joined UC Davis women’s lacrosse as an assistant coach in September of 2016. She works primarily with the Aggie goalkeepers.


Smith started 73 games with the Nittany Lions in her four seasons, amassing 485 saves with 673 goals allowed for a .485 average and a 10.10 GAA. She enjoyed her most decorated season as a junior in 2015, garnering third-team IWLCA All-America, first-team All-Region and Big Ten Conference Goaltender of the Year accolades. That dream season also included three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week nods, plus single-game performances of 11 and 14 saves in NCAA Tournament wins over Johns Hopkins and Virginia, respectively.


Smith, who earned her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and human services in 2016, added Academic Big Ten distinction. She made the Tewaaraton Award Watch List and the Preseason All-America rolls as a senior, eventually helping her team advance to the national semifinals.


Smith previously coached all aspects of the sport for Team 180 Sports-Lacrosse from 2013-16, and served as goalie coach for the Penn State women’s lacrosse summer clinic in 2015. UC Davis will mark her first foray into collegiate coaching. Smith originally hails from Denver, Colorado, where she starred for Regis Jesuit High School and Team 180. In fact, both Smith and Johnson are products of the Centennial State: Johnson grew up in the Denver suburb of Arvada before playing her collegiate lacrosse at Mount Saint Mary’s.

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